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If I get a BNS and later decide to become a doctor, how difficult would the transition be?

I'm a high school junior and have not decided whether or not I want to be a nurse or a doctor. #doctor #healthcare #registered-nurses #doctorate-degree #hospital-and-health-care


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Linda Hassan’s Answer

Dear Jassamine, I am so glad to hear that you've narrowed down to the field of medicine and healthcare. That in itself is a big step. Kudos for you!! I would try to do some legwork up front to determine if you'd like to live the life of a nurse or the life of a doctor. Many hospitals have programs to mentor youth with career decisions. They may have partnerships with your high school. If not, call your local hospital to see how you can help you arrange a job shadow day with a doctor and nurse.


When I was your age in the 80's, I attended a speaker session at a local hospital that was geared for high school age students seeking answers to a career questions. I would try to create opportunity now to help in the decision process for later. It is hard work to become a nurse and to become a doctor. Why go through the grueling process twice? You need to be aware that any discipline in healthcare this is a hard and challenging academic path to go down, but very rewarding at the same time. There are opportunities now days for doctors to work as a freelancer, like a writer, so the lock-down hours are easing up in the marketplace as doctors and nurses value having a life of their own, in addition to being in their profession of choice. Good luck!!

Linda Hassan recommends the following next steps:

Job shadow a few nurses (medical surgical, cardiovascular, oncology)
Job shadow a general practice and a few specialty doctors (Cardiovascular, renal, etc...)

Linda - Thank you for your answer. We need more advice like this, now more than ever! There are more than 1k unanswered questions on CV right now. Hoping you'll answer a few more this week! Jordan Rivera COACH

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Nyah’s Answer

Short answer: fairly easy. Long answer: depending on the pre-requisites your BSN program requires will determine the length of time you'd have to take in order to fulfill the medical school requirements. I'm currently an RN who is in a post-baccalaureate pre-med program. So basically I'm in program that is giving me all the sciences (that we don't need nor take in nursing school) so I can 1) take the MCAT and 2) apply for medical school. Just depends how much time you want to give up and how passionate you are honestly. If you can volunteer or shadow some nurses and doctors you may find what you like better. Best of luck! #bsnvsmd

I agree whole-heartedly with Nyah, there are a few courses that separates #premed from #nursing. Specifically, two semesters of organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics and calculus. (Sidebar: Most nursing students are required to complete general chemistry however at some schools it is the course for non-majors or include a general chemistry and a biochemistry course). Contrary to popular belief, being a biology major is not required. There are plenty of institutions that offer a post-bachelor certificate after completing a bachelors degree and are designed for ppl who want to go to medical school in case you don't want to take these courses. Nick Collins, MS, RN, CNS

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Rehana’s Answer

Check out this link: https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/2015/03/24/apply-to-medical-school-with-an-undergraduate-nursing-degree

You will have to take the pre-reqs for Med School, which would be an additional 1 year or 2 on top of BSN to get into med school...If you are wanting to be an MD, going Biology would be a shorter route to MD, but if you want to practice as a RN and then apply to MD school, I have seen people do this as well.

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